Criminal Justice Section  


Newsletter- Summer 2000


American Bar Association
Criminal Justice Section
740 15th St., NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Volume 8, Issue 3 - Summer 2000

Attend the ABA Annual Meeting-New York, NY, July 7-9, 2000

The ABA Annual Meeting offers networking and professional education to position your practice and career for greater success. Plan a summer break in New York and:

  • Design your own course schedule from hundreds of CLE sessions, including a program track for solo/small firm practitioners. Don't miss the Annual Survey of Supreme Court Decisions, which will cover all criminal law and related decisions issued during the 1999-2000 term, plus the late-breaking Dickerson decision, which challenges the Miranda rules and which likely will not be issued until the week before the program.
  • Enjoy the Annual Section Luncheon, featuring noted civil rights and criminal law attorney Barry Scheck. Mr. Scheck co-founded the Innocence Project at Cardozo Law School, which seeks the release of wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing. Order your luncheon tickets using the form on page 4.
  • Attend the meeting of the "Women in the Criminal Justice System" Committee. Susan McDougal, defendant in the Whitewater case, will address the group. Tickets are $36 per person. Contact Thomas Lester at 202/662-1511 to purchase your ticket.
  • Mingle at the President's Reception, an evening of music and dancing at New York's famed "Windows on the World."
  • The Section Council and several specialty Committees convene at the Annual Meeting-all Section members are welcome to attend. Stop by, meet the Section's leadership, and vote in the Section elections. A full schedule is on page 2.
  • Meet colleagues from around the country at the Criminal Justice Section Welcome Reception, Friday, July 7.
  • Help honor recipients of the Livingston Hall Award for their dedicated contributions to the juvenile justice field during a reception Sunday, July 9.

Annual Meeting Tickets and Registration: Tickets are required for the Section Luncheon with Barry Scheck ($59 per person) and for the Welcome Reception (complimentary.) For information about the Luncheon, Reception, or other Annual Meeting events, please call the Section Office at 202/662-1512.

To receive a registration form for the Annual Meeting, call the Annual Meeting Automated Voice Mail at 312/988-5870, or access the American Bar Association Home Page on the Internet at Both are updated regularly with new meeting information, events, and speakers.


Criminal Justice CLE Programs at the Annual Meeting

CLE programs will take place at the ABA Presidential CLE Centre, located at the Hilton New York Hotel (HNH) and the Sheraton New York Hotel (SNYH), as noted below:

Friday, July 7, 2000

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Ethical Problems Facing Prosecutors
Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor, HNYH
Program will feature hypothetical scenarios illustrating ethical problems and offering solutions.
Michael D. Wims, Program Chair
Charles F.C. Ruff, Moderator
Lynne Abraham
James M. Catterson, Jr.
Charles J. Hynes
Paul Howard
Terence F. MacCarthy (invited)
Jeffrey C. Sullivan

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Annual Survey of Supreme Court Decisions
Beekman Parlor, 2nd Floor, HNYH
Panel will discuss all criminal law and related decisions issued during the 1999-2000 term including the Dickerson decision, which challenges the Miranda rules that have governed police interrogations for 34 years, and which likely will not be issued until the week before the program.
Rory K. Little, Program Chair
Yale Kamisar
Gerald E. Lynch
Tracey Maclin
Michael E. O'Neill
Hon. Reena Raggi

3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
War Crimes
Clinton Suite, 2nd Floor, HNYH
History of war crimes tribunals and "hands on" insights into the process today.
Col. Michael Schlabs, USAF
Col. James R. Van Orsdol, USAF

Saturday, July 8, 2000

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Reconciling International Standards for Bribery: The International Olympic Committee Experience
Conference Room H, SNYH
Panel will focus on forming and enforcing codes of ethics and conduct with due regard for both domestic and international law.
Bruce Maloy, Program Chair
Senator Howard Baker
Robert Hauberg
Josh Hochberg
Beth Wilkinson

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Presidential Showcase*
Lessons from the
Innocence Project
Regent Parlor, 2nd Floor, HNYH
Panel will discuss what went wrong in cases where innocent defendants were convicted, and ways to prevent wrongful convictions in the future.
Myrna Raeder, Program Chair
Rita A. Fry
Ralph C. Martin, II
Peter Neufeld
Barry Scheck

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 P.M.
U.S. Sentencing Commission: New Commissioners, New Directions, New Challenges
Conference Room E, SNYH
The program will provide the first public forum for airing some of the issues that the Commission must tackle and that the new commissioners could/should be addressing in their first full amendment cycle.
Alan J. Chaset, Moderator
Hon. Diana E. Murphy
Hon. Ruben Castillo
Hon. Phil Gilbert
Hon. Sterling Johnson, Jr.
Hon. Joseph Kendall
Michael O'Neill
William Otis
Hon. William K. Sessions, III
Hon. John R. Steer

Sunday, July 9, 2000

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Successfully Defending a DWI Case
Conference Room K
Lower Level, SNYH
Demonstrative materials for courtroom use, and issues related to field sobriety testing and breath/blood exams.
John F. Lakin, Program Chair
Hon. Catherine Anderson
James Dilday
Joseph Petrosino

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*Presidential Showcase*
Discretion and Racism in the Courts: Practical Strategies for Defense Attorneys, Prosecutors and Judges
Conference Room H
Lower Level, SNYH
Practical suggestions for reducing racial disparity in the criminal justice system, by addressing the discretionary decisions made by defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges.
Hon. Charles B. Day, Program Chair
Hon. Pamela G. Alexander
James Bell
Douglas Colbert
Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes
Marc Mauer
E. Michael McCann
Leonard Noisette
Hon. Andrew L. Sonner

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Youth on Trial: Developmental Perspectives on Juvenile Justice
Conference Room K, SNYH
The panel will link knowledge of adolescent development to policy and practice issues, and explore whether teens really are mature and capable enough to participate fully and fairly in adult criminal court.
Wallace J. Mlyniec, Moderator
Elizabeth Cauffman
Jeffrey Fagan
Hon. Ernestine Gray
Randy Hertz
Robert Schwartz
Laurence Steinberg


New York Annual Meeting Events:

All Criminal Justice Section committee meetings and events will take place at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan Hotel, New York, unless otherwise noted. All members of the Criminal Justice Section are welcome to attend and participate in any committee meetings that are of interest.

The Section Office will be open during regular business hours at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for members to pick up Section and meeting information.

Friday, July 7, 2000

8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Section Office
York Room, 407, 4th Flr.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Book Publications Board Meeting
Park, 402, 4th Flr.

12:00 Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Committee Chairs Meeting
Americas Room, 403, 4th Flr.

12:00 Noon - 3:30 p.m.
Women in the Criminal Justice System: Committee Meeting and Luncheon presentation by Susan McDougal
Act IV, 4th Flr.
Ticketed, call 202/662-1511 for information.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Victims Committee Meeting
Park Room (402) 4th Flr.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CLE Committee Meeting
West End, 401, 4th Flr.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
White Collar Crime
Committee Meeting
Rooms 509 & 510

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Criminal Justice Magazine
Editorial Board Meeting
Madison, Room 405, 4th Flr.

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Prosecution Function
Committee Meeting
East End Room, 406, 4th Flr.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Defense Function/Services Committee Meeting
Park, 402, 4th flr.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rules Committee Meeting
Americas Room, 403, 4th Flr.

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Act III & IV, 4th Flr.

Saturday, July 8, 2000

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Section Office
York Room, 407, 4th Flr.

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Executive Committee Meeting
West End, 401, 4th Flr.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Act IV, 4th Flr.

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Council & Membership Meeting Act III, 4th Flr.

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Annual Luncheon and Address
featuring lawyer/author Barry Scheck.
Act IV, 4th Flr.
Ticketed, call 202/662-1519 for information.

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Corrections & Sentencing
Committee Meeting
Park Room, 402, 4th Flr.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Juvenile Justice Committee Meeting
Rooms 403 & 404

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Race and Racism in the
Criminal Justice System
Committee Meeting
West End Room, 401, 4th Flr.

Sunday, July 9, 2000

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Act IV, 4th Flr.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Council & Membership Meeting
Act IV, 4th Flr.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Business Meeting/Elections
Act IV, 4th Flr.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Livingston Hall Reception
Rooms 401 & 402

These schedules are subject to change. Please consult the Section Office for updates at 202/662-1512 or visit the Section Web Page at

London Annual Meeting Events:

After the New York sessions, the Annual Meeting continues in London, England. The following Criminal Justice Section activities will take place there:

Tuesday, July 18
Old Bailey Reception:
Section members may request an invitation to a reception being held at the "Old Bailey". Members of the Criminal Bar Association and the London Criminal Court Solicitors Association, our hosts, will escort small groups of American lawyers on tours behind the scenes of the Old Bailey. Persons will be treated to those parts not ordinarily accessible to the public. It is a chance to see where the fictional Rumpole tried cases, and learn from British lawyers how criminal cases are tried in England, while touring what is perhaps the most famous court complex in the World.

Admission will be restricted to invited guests whose names appear on the security roster. The number of invitations is limited. Please phone Tom Smith, Criminal Justice Section Director, at 202/662-1510, to receive an invitation.

Wednesday, July 19
Plenary Session: The Future of the Jury System in the U.S. and England: Changing Paradigms
At the QEII Conference Centre

Other News Unrelated to the Annual Meeting:
ABA CLE Teleconference
Title: The Science of Evidence
Date: August 16, 2000
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Cost: Free to ABA Members
The Criminal Justice Section is co-sponsoring this program that will examine what lawyers need to know about emerging areas of scientific evidence, and offer advice about how to get it admitted or excluded. The program will be based on an article to appear in the August issue of the ABA Journal.
To Register: Beginning July 24, phone 800/285-2221 from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm (EDT). CLE credit has been applied for in States accepting the teleconference format.


Based on the success experienced over the last ten years in co-sponsoring the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition at The John Marshall Law School of Chicago, the ABA Criminal Justice Section is partnering with Quinnipiac University School of Law to co-sponsor a Northeast Regional Competition. Eight teams from the northeast region will be selected to compete in the first competition in autumn, 2000. The winning team will be among the twenty teams invited to participate in the National Competition held at The John Marshall Law School of Chicago in April 2001.

For more information, contact Prof. Elizabeth Marsh, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut 06518; phone (203) 582-3268; fax (203) 582-3244.

Section Elections:
Two Candidates Vie For Council Member-At-Large-Seat
The Criminal Justice Section will hold its membership business meeting at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, July 9, at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan Hotel in New York City. All Section members are eligible to attend and vote on pending matters. No challenges were filed by the May 10 deadline to the Nominating Committee's slate of candidates announced in the Spring 2000 issue of Criminal Justice magazine at page 64. These candidates will therefore be elected by acclamation at the membership business meeting. Two persons have filed petitions to be candidates for the Council member-at-large seat. They are James K. Robinson of Washington, DC, Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, and David W. Simon of Joshua Tree, California, Deputy District Attorney in the San Bernardino (California) District Attorney's Office. Section members will vote on these candidates to determine who fills the one-year Council member-at-large seat during the Association's 2000-2001 year.



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